Do you ever have dinner guests that arrive at the worst possible time? Ones that you can’t or shouldn’t refuse, but you know it is not going to be a life giving event. How do you suck it up and get through? More importantly, how do you make sure everyone else in your house behaves… Read More Sympathy for Te Tii. And a little for Winston.
National is promising 880 new police. Labour is promising 1,000 new police. New Zealand First is promising a whopping 1,800 new police. Clearly our political parties have decided law and order is going to be front and centre in the election campaign and want to be seen to be tough on crime and keeping communities… Read More Promises of more police are not for Māori voters
I have just finished watching, and then reading, Donald J. Trump’s speech at his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America. It probably wasn’t a great use of an early Saturday morning. Trump is obviously no orator. When he uses a teleprompter, as he did today, he has all the presence… Read More Trump’s inauguration speech: the USA is exiting the world, stage left.
We are now officially in election year. In under 307 days, we will have a new government. Or not. We may have the same government. Our freshly minted Prime Minister, made out of retreaded National party leader Bill English, will be leading his party to what he hopes is a fourth term of a National-led… Read More Crystal Ball Gazing: election predictions at the start of 2017
With young children and plenty of stuff to do, I often find the church calendar an anchor when I feel I have none. The seasons and festivals have rhythm that moves apart from me, yet allows any of us to move in and out, welcome sojourners. Having just celebrated the first Sunday of Advent, we… Read More WWJD: don’t look for Jesus in a church this Christmas
Always looking for a helpful angle to keep you interested in a story, the New Zealand Herald decided that mere suffering and pain wouldn’t suffice to keep you interested in the Kaikōura earthquake, so decided a dose of outrage was needed and decided to report on the strange, strange world of Bishop Brian Tamaki and… Read More Leviticus, earthquakes and Brian Tamaki’s lust for punishment
In an example of life imitating art, the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill has been resuscitated like every big screen Marvel character you thought had died (except Quicksilver. No great loss). This bill to amend the Resource Management Act has been a source of some embarrassment to the Government as it asphyxiated in the Select Committee.… Read More A developer’s wet dream: even with concessions, the RMA reforms are an environmental disaster
Tomorrow, in the United States, millions of people will attend church. Their service this week will be a thanksgiving service, with worship, voices lifted in joyous prayer, tears, shaking, tongues, hugs and sharp sermons filled with triumphant words. They will be thanking the judeo-christian God for the election of Donald Trump to the highest office… Read More Praying for Trump and the worldwide church’s silent acceptance of his election
Leonard Norman Cohen 21 September 1934 – 10 November 2016 I was introduced to the music of Leonard Cohen by Simon Doherty in 1994. Initially I bought Leonard Cohen’s Greatest Hits because I wanted Simon to admire me, but within a couple of years I had formed my own relationship with Cohen. His is not… Read More Leonard Cohen 1934-2016. Moe mai rā e te raukura
Amongst the fear, loathing, rage and acceptance of my Twitter feed (that was mostly my tweets), @LewSOS from over on kiwipolitico asked a compelling question that I have been pondering myself for a while. What can we do here in Aotearoa New Zealand to avoid our own Brexit or Trumpocalypse. What lessons are there? First… Read More How can we avoid a Trump or a Farage? Listening to each other for NZ political change